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Need help accessing Recovery partition

  1. #11


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I suppose the next thing I might look at is the /info command shows the WindowsRe tools as being located in partition 2. You have the 350 MB partition Microsoft puts in when it updates to 8.1 and normally that one is the usable Tools partition.

    One thing we need for sure is a Diskpart listing of the partitions on that drive to make sure we are looking at the correct partition numbers. After you select the drive, just do a list par command and insert the results in your next post.

    We may need to re-register the Recovery Tools partition and show it as partition 6 or 9, but the listing should show us.

    Do you have any knowledge of why the partition might still be set as partition 2 if the 8.1 update had reset it to the other partition?

    You may want to see if Theog or SIW2 have any observations on the situation, but it is easy to change the registration to another partition.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    My partitions may be a bit unidentifiable or not appearing to be correctly labeled because I used to dual boot with Ubuntu/Windows and then again at a different time I dual booted with Arch Linux/Windows. Each time I had to configure various numbers of partitions for the different requirements of those OSs. When I install a new linux distro I create a partition for /boot, /, swap, and /home. So after two separate installs I am sure partitioning my one disk took its toll.

    My screenshot shows my current partition 6 as 183GB. That was my old /home partition from my linux install. I have since wiped it and it just sits there. I am hoping at some point to merge some of these partitions, but that is definitely secondary to my current issue.

    I am open to whatever suggestions you toss my way.

    Here is a screenshot of my disk0 partitions:


    Click image for larger version


    Thank you,
    Randy
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  3. #13


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Then I will suggest moving the registration of the Tool image to partition 5 from partition 2. While in Windows, you can open the Administrative command prompt and complete this process. If it doesn't work and you want to change it back, just follow the same process and use partition 2.

    Open Diskpart and select partition 5. Use the assign letter="T" command to place a letter on the partition.

    Exit Diskpart and use this command to re-register the Winre.wim file.

    reagentc /setreimage /path T:\Recovery\WindowsRE /target C:\Windows

    The /target flag should not be necessary since you are doing this online, but it should not hurt.

    Restart Diskpart and select partition 5 again and use this command to remove the letter:

    remove letter="T"

    and exit diskpart. Run the reagentc /info again to make sure the change took and it is enabled. Then reboot, make a new recovery drive and try again to access the Reset.

    The fact the MSR partition (127 MB) is showing as Primary when it should show as Reserved might be an indication of other changes made since EaseUS does not change that partition by itself.

    If you wanted to get it back to normal it doesn't appear you can just change its id, but probably you will need to delete it and then recreate it with this diskpart command after selecting the drive.

    create partition msr

    If you only have the unallocated space created by deleting the 127 MB partition, it should be created in that space.

    If you want to get rid of the unknown partition, delete it and expand the one next to it to fill the space, although this might change the partition numbers.

    I don't think there is anything else I can mention, so if it doesn't work the other option will probably help or using DISM to apply the image to your C: partition.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I was thinking about the Linux partition. Perhaps Windows is having a problem deleting it. You might try repairing the msr partition and removing the Linux partition before you try changing the reagentc setup.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Alright. Thanks for the further suggestions. I will try the renaming you mentioned tonight. thanks again! Randy
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  6. #16


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    No go with assigning a letter and removing letter. Thanks for trying.

    I tried the post #55 from the other thread that has been referenced about this problem and I had success until it came time to select a recovery image and there were none listed to select from.

    Its strange that since last nights "retyping the partitions", I can go to settings, go through all the clicking and then the laptop reboots and I see the word, preparing at the bottom of the screen. This is right on track. But, then it boots to the F9 screen. It seems like it might be able to access the recovery drive but something is missing. I don't know what to do. Thanks for trying, though.

    Randy
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